Free Training for your CDL

Free Training for your CDL

There are 225 comments on the story from Apr 10, 2007, titled Free Training for your CDL. In it, reports that:

Free Training: Here is what really happens: Companies need drivers because there is so much demand for freight in the American economy. The more drivers a company has, the more freight they move. Some companies that need a lot of drivers have decided to start training drivers to meet this need. To get a lot of people to go into the training, some companies claim that the training is free. They tell you it will cost you little or no money. But then they tell you to sign an agreement with a lot of fine print (sometimes you won't see this agreement until after you have quit your job or have traveled to the training location -- so your stuck!). The agreement usually has two important catches: (1) that you have to work for the company for some period after training and (2) that if you leave early you owe the company for the costs of training. These agreements can require one or two years of work with the company before you can take another job. That is a huge part of your life to in debt to one company. Many times the company will also try to make you pay for the training by either taking back part of your pay every week or by providing a reduced pay scale until you have paid them back for training. Either way, it's not free.

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“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#41 Nov 6, 2007
go to a small local company, like a moving company and more then likely they may give you a shot. if your looking over the road you can pretty much forget it with out experience.
Eric Stevenson

Bishop, GA

#42 Nov 19, 2007
I just got my class A permit, and I want to find a company to go and work for. I want to find a company that does the free training as they say. Who should I go with?

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#43 Nov 19, 2007
There is no such thing as free training, if a company tells you that training is free they are lying. most all companies will require at least an 18 and up to 24 months of a contract. you will also run at whatever the company minimum hauling rate for the whole time. after your "free training" you will run with a trainer from anywhere from 6 to 24 weeks at the rate of 350 to 400 a week gross, then depending on when the trainer says you are ready he will cut you loose. and so you know this time with the trainer is not covered under your contract, your contract will start when the trainer releases you to run on your own. here is the kicker, and pay real close attn. if you fail school or get fired before the contract is up you will be held liable for the full amount of whatever the school charges for training. school charges can go from $3,000 up to $8,000 and even $10,000 dollars.
[who="Eric Stevenson"] I just got my class A permit, and I want to find a company to go and work for. I want to find a company that does the free training as they say. Who should I go with?
Eric Stevenson wrote:
I just got my class A permit, and I want to find a company to go and work for. I want to find a company that does the free training as they say. Who should I go with?
schneidergrad

Killeen, TX

#44 Nov 19, 2007
All I can tell you guys is that I went to Schneider National training school (the Dallas terminal) in 2001. I have been an OTR driver since then.

The deal then (this may have changed since then) was that the school did not cost me anything if I agreed to drive for Schneider for one year.

The school lasted five weeks and included classroom instruction, driving with a trainer locally around Dallas, then going out on the road actually doing the job with another trainer. I can say that the training was decent. You don't graduate until your road trainer thinks you are okay to go out on your own.

However, I should say that I had several years experience driving trucks locally in Texas before this, so I sort of had a jump on the other students. I had never driven over the road, though, so I was required to attend the driver training in order to do so.

There were several who didn't make it through the training, honestly, people who just weren't cut out for the job. One lady would start to shake uncontrollably every time she got behind the wheel, I knew she wasn't going to make it, she was terrified of driving that big truck.

They put me up in a motel during the training and then paid us a small amount before we went on the road. They provided us lunch each day. While out on the road with a trainer, they paid us mileage pay.

Long haul is correct about the wages. The first year with them, the cpm was terrible. So, I guess I paid for that school after all, LOL.

I stayed with them 2-1/2 years, then left for a better paying company.

The training I received was solid (though possibly inadequate for someone with no experience at all), for example, I had never driven in mountains, being a west Texas girl. They gave me excellent training on that, I have never had a problem since then dealing with mountain driving.

Last time I checked, Swift training lasts two weeks. That's way too short.

That's just my take on it. Personally, I think the trucking industry will soon go to hell in a handbasket. It's doubtful I will return to trucking after Christmas 2007.
David

Melrose, MA

#46 Jan 23, 2008
Hello guys, I live in MA. And I'm planning on getting my "B" Class cdl license soon. My idea is to study on my own, get my permit and later on when ready rent a straight truck with air brakes to for for the road test for my license. What you guys think? is tha a good idea? is it possible to do that?

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#47 Jan 24, 2008
Getting your class B that way would be no problem. alot of drivers go to work with moving companies and get thier class B's through the companies, that way they get paid to learn and get some miles under thier belt.
David wrote:
Hello guys, I live in MA. And I'm planning on getting my "B" Class cdl license soon. My idea is to study on my own, get my permit and later on when ready rent a straight truck with air brakes to for for the road test for my license. What you guys think? is tha a good idea? is it possible to do that?
David

Chelsea, MA

#48 Jan 24, 2008
Thanks for your answer Long Haul, I really appreciate it.
Ronzi

East Sandwich, MA

#49 Jan 27, 2008
I agree with you about the free CDL training. But, when it comes to CR England, go ripoffreport.com or google CR England and read the bad press.
matt

Clifton Park, NY

#50 Feb 2, 2008
heard anything about primeinc?
they will train you
pay you 250 a week before you get cdl
take test
go team for 3 weeks get 600 per wk
then get own truck

hear anything about that? anyone?

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#51 Feb 2, 2008
Go here and look up Prime Inc. http://www.thetruckersreport.com/
matt

Clifton Park, NY

#52 Feb 3, 2008
wow that sucks
is this true?
i was supposed to go to school for training on 2/18
any other companis that pay you to train?
i have a family and ant afford the 5k for school

it would be 3oths the prime guy said from start of school to end of training to 1st dispatch.
i know alot my father drove for 50 yrs. od rest in peace and i was nborn in a truck
matt

Clifton Park, NY

#53 Feb 3, 2008
another question
whats better flat or reefer ?
i liked the flatbed part and the pay is alittle better
tam4

Tinley Park, IL

#54 Feb 12, 2008
I have recently had to ask around about cr england and i have gotten the same response from two different people. Basically there program is tough if you can handle it. The other things is that they are good for putting there trainees off the truck in the middle of nowhere. I hear that there is nothing that can be done if they do it.
tam4

Tinley Park, IL

#55 Feb 12, 2008
Thats a lie. They will train, and if you don't pass your test that week, you have to work. Thats so you can cover the cost of your room. That is until you pass your test. And they give you 240 after you get your permit. Now that 600 is questionable. They do not have a lot of trainers and after you get your permit you could sit for a week or more waiting to get a trainer.
Midnightrider

Elgin, IL

#56 Feb 14, 2008
David wrote:
Hello guys, I live in MA. And I'm planning on getting my "B" Class cdl license soon. My idea is to study on my own, get my permit and later on when ready rent a straight truck with air brakes to for for the road test for my license. What you guys think? is tha a good idea? is it possible to do that?
It might work if you have a friend with a class B or better to rent the truck. Sort of a catch-22 in Illinois. Rental companies CAN'T legally rent out a truck to someone without a license that is valid for that size truck. Then when you get to the IL.-SOS-CDL test facility, they demand to see the person who drove with you and THEIR CDL to verify you drove there LEGALLY. Also they want to see proof of insurance and verify the license plate,(weight allowed on plate) and VIN&GVW rating. If any of that does not check out, THEY WON'T LET YOU TAKE THE ROAD TEST!
MATT

Clifton Park, NY

#57 Feb 16, 2008
i am leaving for prime on the 25th. i already got my class a permit
orientation for 3 days then go with instructor for 3 weeks to get 100 hrs. behind wheel.
then take cdl road test
then team up for another 3-5 weeks
then get your own truck
they want you to get 50k miles behind the wheel
250. for the 4 weeks
then team up and get 600 for remainder
then 30 cent per mile
after 90 days you make 36 cent per mile

the hell with cr england....bad news
Hugh Connor

Pompano Beach, FL

#60 Feb 25, 2008
Hello, I have a CDL permit already.
Hugh Connor

Pompano Beach, FL

#61 Feb 25, 2008
I have a learner's permit
Hugh Connor

Pompano Beach, FL

#62 Feb 25, 2008
I have a learner's permit already
Hugh Connor

Pompano Beach, FL

#63 Feb 25, 2008
I have a learner's permit already.

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